Dalopius marginatus


    Size 6 to 8 mm. Elytra predominantly a dark orangey brown colour with a darker chestnut brown coloured stripe running down the centre, wider at the anterior and narrowing towards the posterior. Pits form rows down the length of the elytra. The pronotum and head are dark brown with lighter orange angles and edge. A sparse covering of hairs are visible. The legs are orange. The antennae are dark brown and very long, extending a way beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum.

    Identification difficulty

    Forests, woodland and woodland edge.

    When to see it

    Best from May to July.

    Life History

    The larva feeds on both plant roots and insect larvae.

    UK Status

    Common and well distributed throughout England and Wales, scarcer, but widespread in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 62 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map